Time Mysteries: The Ancient Spectres Collector's Edition
This one is nice to play and worth the money.
November 11, 2011
good but incomplete
I really liked this game with the time travel feature but it ended without resolving the problem being worked on. At the end it said "to be continued". I'd like to see a part 2.
March 16, 2013
Strange story, good puzzles, poor visuals.
Near the end of the demo, I checked the strategy guide (included), & found I only made it to page 6 of 47, so it's a very long game. Despite the poor visual quality, it's a different type of game play, you must look throughout each scene to discover everything there is to find. Interesting.
November 12, 2011
It was fun but...
This was an amusing game, but there are some problems I had with it.
1: The mini games. Everytime I came across one, I couldn't find the instructions! Some were easy enough to grasp, but most I had to just skip.
2: The conclusion. Unless you buy the CE, you won't get any closure. And even at that, the game ends too adruptly. Everything is solved, I think, but I'm not 100% sure because of the snap ending.
I do like how until you find the time device, you can't teleport around the place. You have to work for it, kinda.
All in all, I might not have bought it in the first place had I more of an idea what it was like, but I did and it wasn't a huge ripoff.
October 7, 2012
No Time for this
I am sorry to go against the general opinion, but I feel I cannot recommend this game.
I found it extremely annoying, with having to constantly switch between time zones every few minutes. I am not in the genius category, so without the strategy guide, I would have been lost as to how to proceed, and when and where. I don't like using the strategy guide as much as I had to in this game.
It is a great pity, as the storyline itself, and the graphics, etc, were extremely good. Only for those who don't mind these type of puzzles.
February 6, 2012
Just not up to standards
I had trouble figuring it out. The hint button is good and fast, graphics are good and so is the music. But the game leaves a lot to desire for me. The HOS can be difficult finding the items and there is just not enough in this game to buy it.
May 18, 2013
Way too much back and forth!
The graphics are good and I enjoyed the story. Lots of repeat HOS with different objects to find bit this gets confusing. The tool you need to complete an item often appears when it is not yet needed or has already been used. I became irritated with the travel from one, only to have to travel to another and another and ANOTHER only to return to where you started with the items needed to complete a task. The voice overs were done very well and the length of the game is decent.
June 9, 2012
Boring Hidden Object Game
Too many HO puzzles to play. Boring game.
November 27, 2013
I purchased this when it was on sale for the SE price. It looked like it was going to be really good. The graphics are amazingly beautiful, and the story line seamed like it had a mild spooky bend to it, which I love. It was wonderful, up until you fix the time device. Then, the device basically tells you exactly where to go, and takes you there instantly. This kind of ruined it for me, so I tried going on a "time device diet." The places you go are practically random; you really do need the device to tell you where to go. Sometimes, you can't get to a place without using the device. Basically, there are two options: wander aimlessly for hours, or get detailed directions without the chance to figure it out yourself.
Objects are not replaced in HO scenes you revisit, which is nice. There were a couple of items nigh completely obscured, and if you begin an interaction, you'd better know where to finish it because you cannot click anywhere until you do.
I'm very disappointed, especially since the graphics are mesmorizingly beautiful, both in spooky and non-spooky locals. Clicking on the little fire butterflies was about the only thing I enjoyed in this game. The character bought into the idea that her family members were time travelers far too quickly. The villain did not pose a threat.
In the bonus game, you save the main character from the regular game from a fire . . . I think. I followed the map, went where I was supposed to go, did what I was supposed to do, but I have no idea how fixing random machines accomplished anything. There was very little story logic behind the game play.
Shiver does a much better job with the inherit-a-haunted-estate story line. I'd recommend that instead of this game.
June 14, 2012
I guess I'm in the minority....
...because I hated this game and could not wait to be done with it. The voiceovers are annoying and if you make the mistake of clicking in the same place again you have to hear the same annoying voice saying the same annoying thing over and over. There is WAY too much back and forth, once you get the hang of the "time machine" it's a little better, but to me, without the time machine telling you where there was stuff to be done, you never would have known how to do anything or where to go. There are 2 good things....the strategy guide actually keeps up with your progess in the game, that is until you close the game, then you lose your place. The other is, if you get stuck and simply cannot find a hidden object, you have the option to play a mini game of match 3 intstead. Overall, it's taking me twice as long to finish because I have to keep stopping because I get so annoyed at the whole thing.
July 8, 2012